For nearly two decades, Garrett Lewis has served our area as the Chief Meteorologist at 5NEWS and has led our community through the extremes of all seasons.

“The weather in Arkansas is unbelievably varied. We have 2″ ice storms that cause month long power outages, tornadoes with winds nearing 200mph, floods that devastate entire towns, heat waves with temperatures as hot as 115º, cold outbreaks as low as -15º, snowstorms with two feet of snow… the extremes we experience are astounding.”

He holds a B.S. Degree in Geosciences and an M.S. Degree in Applied Meteorology Mississippi State University. His graduate work focused on the social science applications in severe weather. In addition, he has been awarded both the National Weather Association and American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval.

A native of Alma, Arkansas, Garrett now lives in Rogers with his wife Ashley and two children.


Recent Articles
  • Showers Return For Saturday Night!

    Showers return to the forecast for tonight! The highest chance of rain will be along and south of I-40, with most of the activity clearing out by church time on Sunday morning. The next chance of rain moves in on Tuesday, with more tranquil weather arriving for the rest of the work week! -Dax

  • NEW: Winter Weather Advisory Friday AM; Northwest Arkansas

    A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Northwest Arkansas for Friday morning. The back edge of the system will move across the region late-Thursday into Friday morning with a quick 1/2 to 1″ of snow across mostly the higher terrain of Northwest Arkansas. There is a risk for slight bridges and overpasses during the morning rush on Friday. Temperatures will warm above freezing Friday afternoon with melting improving most road surfaces. -Garrett

  • Snow Wrapping Up, Sleet and Rain The Rest Of Wednesday

    Snow fell this morning leaving around a dusting across Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. With warming temperatures, light sleet and rain will impact the remainder of Wednesday with temperatures staying in the 30s. Light sleet and rain will continue for the rest of the day. More rain showers are likely on Thursday. Most of the snow accumulation should melt with the light rain moving in. Winter weather advisories will last until midnight Wednesday night into Thursday morning. -Matt

  • Cold Start To The Week Then Rain Moves Back In

    Bitterly cold conditions will be the story for Monday and Tuesday morning! Lows will fall into the 10s and 20s under clear skies with highs struggling to reach the 40 degree mark on Monday across Northwest Arkansas. Rain moves in by the middle of the week, some sleet could mix in when the precipitation starts on Wednesday, however, no travel issues are expected. We clear out out by Friday morning! Nice weather returns for next weekend! -Dax

  • Sunny Weather Continues For Sunday

    After a cold and windy Saturday, we’ll continue to see sunny skies on Sunday with colder temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Winds will be light out of the north at around 5-10mph. Another cold front will lower temperatures even more for Monday with our next chance for rain around the middle of next week. There may be a small chance that some of the rain is mixed with wintry precipitation. -Dax

  • Cold Front Arriving Wednesday Evening

    A cold front is arriving and will bring colder temperatures for Thursday ahead of the next rainy system on Friday. Thursday’s high temperatures will be in the 40s compared to Wednesday’s 60s/70s. After a brief clearing on Thursday, clouds will be quick to return during Thursday afternoon and evening. Rain will be most likely on Friday with scattered showers and thunderstorms most of the day Friday. Rain totals will be around 1″; less than last week but still enough for […]

  • Snow Accumulations Saturday

    Rain will change to snow as cold air pours in behind the stormy system Friday night. Expect rain to freezing rain to sleet to snow. Snow totals will be somewhat limited due to recent warm weather and warmer than normal ground temperatures. The locations and amounts of snow will likely change as the system evolves and the dry air wraps into the system This is a look at where the snow is most likely to fall as of Thursday afternoon. […]

  • High Rain Totals Friday; Flash Flooding Possible

    Rain will start on Friday and continue into Saturday with frequent downpours during those two days. The heaviest rain will be from 8pm Friday to 1am Saturday. Rainfall totals could exceed 4″ in some locations due to storms repeatedly going over the same location. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for our entire area. Most data continues to support a band of very heavy rainfall in Eastern Oklahoma that extends into Northwest Arkansas. This is the location where flash […]

  • Warm And Cloudy Thursday – Few Showers Possible

    Warm and cloudy conditions will continue through Thursday thanks to strong southerly winds bringing in more warmth and humidity to Arkansas and Oklahoma. Highs will reach the 60s later today with a few light showers expected this afternoon and evening. Much heavier rain will move in Friday with strong-to-severe storms likely in the evening and overnight. As storms exit, strong northerly winds will drop temperatures to the freezing mark with the possibility of a few snow flurries on Saturday.  Details […]

  • Cloudy And Windy Today, Front Arrives Tonight

    A cold front is heading in tonight which will cool us down the next couple of days. Until then, Thursday will run a bit warmer in the 50s with plenty of clouds and a stray shower. Better light rain chances arrive as the cold front swings through Thursday night with drier conditions Friday and the weekend. VIDEO FORECAST WARMER THURSDAY – SOUTH WIND We’ll stay about 10-15 degrees above normal Thursday with highs well into the 50s. A few of […]

  • Top Weather Stories Of 2019

    (KFSM) — 2019 was a busy year filled with weather ranging from snow to major flooding. Here’s a look back at the top weather stories of 2019. The first snow of the year fell on January 19th. Fort Smith picked up 1” of snow while only one-half inch fell in Northwest Arkansas. This would end up being the heaviest snow of the year with 4-6” falling in the River Valley from Greenwood to Booneville. By February, the light snow trend […]

  • 2019: One Of The Wettest

    2019 will be recorded as one of the top five all-time wettest years since record keeping started. In Fort Smith, 66.63″ of rainfall was recorded. This is a full 2-feet above the normal rainfall total. The previous wettest year on record was only a few years back in 2015 when Fort Smith recorded 73.93″ of rainfall in 2015. Record keeping started in 1882. Top 5 Wettest Years in Fort Smith 2015  73.93″ 1945  71.81″ 2019  66.63″ 1990  61.22″ 2008  61.02″ […]

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